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Columbus police: Pit bull shot, men charged with animal cruelty

Anthony Rogers, 22 (Columbus Police Department) Anthony Rogers, 22 (Columbus Police Department)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Two Columbus men were charged after police say they were not taking proper care of three pit bulls. One of the men is accused of shooting one of the dogs.

Anthony Rogers, 22, was taken to the Muscogee County Jail after police arrested him at his Lafayette Drive home early Monday morning.

Police responded to shots fired in the area. When they arrived, officers found a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun that had recently been fired. They also found a three-year-old brown pit bull that had been shot in the face.

Officers note there were a total of three pit bulls tied to short leashes in the backyard without any food or water. Although, they were told four dogs lived at the home, no one at the residence could answer where the fourth dog was.

The suspects claim the dog that was shot was fighting with other dogs and a shot was fired into the air as a warning, but police stated in their report, that story did not match up with what they saw at the home.

Freddie Murry, 68, was charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, but was not arrested. Rogers was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, three counts of cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and reckless conduct. 

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